: NB, NS, PE, NL - Atlantic Provinces - OTA
2011-09-08, 11:42 PM
CTV Moncton ch 29.1 seems to have increased power since they first came on air this morning.
The antenna I am using is a Durham Radio ANT2092 $49.95. I added a dipole
to improve hi VHF reception.
2011-09-09, 04:43 AM
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2011-09-09, 04:30 PM
Conditions were good early this morning for receiption of distant channels.
I had good solid picture quality on ch 9.1 CTV St John NB and ch 11.1
Moncton was coming in at 73%. It is usually 10 to 15%. Ch 29.1 (2.1) Moncton was 100%. The spectrum analizer showed digital signals coming in on ch 12 and 31 but too weak for the tv to process.
2011-09-09, 07:09 PM
OK, I unhooked the amp, and now all I can get is Channel 13. I refuse to pay the cable/telco robber-barons their bloodtithe, so my days of tv viewing have ended...I was told that CBC and CTV will soon start charging $15 a month to view programming via their website.
2011-09-10, 02:57 PM
Where did you hear about the $15/mo online viewing fee??
2011-09-13, 09:11 PM
Distant channels were coming in here at Kensington before 9 AM this morning.
I was getting good HD reception from CJCH ch48 (5.1) Halifax and CIVK and CIVK 1 ch15 and ch32 from Quebec.
2011-09-18, 09:24 PM
How is everyone's reception of CBNT from St. John's lately?
I heard they were off air, or at least reduced power for some time.. Couldn't really figure it out since my signal was no better or worse.
I can see their tower from my home, I'm close to it, but signal is terribly unreliable and weak.. I know some others here in the city and they can't get CBC at all, even though they have supposedly taken care of the problems..
Whatever the problem is, it seems like in many parts of the city CBC might as well not even be on the air..
phannon, is your CBC signal still good???
2011-09-19, 11:50 AM
CBNT-DT is still at the same level it has been since the start, ~90 on my SONY LCD with SNR 30 -32, 100 on Access HD box and 98 -100 on CM7000PAL.
Of course all transmissions are in SD, no more HD except for childrens programming until ~ 11AM! We are having a discussion about this over in the OTA Starion & network operational status thread, trying to come up with an explanation (there may be a possible explanation).
Picture quality great, except SD, therefore everything pillarboxed and / or windowboxed. Of the time I have been viewing, I have not noticed even any fluctuations in the signal.
2011-09-19, 09:41 PM
A CBC employee has offered an explanation of why some stations are showing 4:3 SD programming. See the CBC network status thread:
2011-09-19, 10:22 PM
I have some inside info from CBC here about the reception issues, comparing themselves to NTV in that NTV is UHF and penetrates buildings better, while CBC, VHF, isn't as good at that.. (VHF propagates far distances better, which I assume explains how well phannon is receiving CBC..)
I know there are issues with DTV on VHF anyway, but even before the transition while NTV was on VHF, they had much better reception than CBC. Actually, CBC had the fill in channel-12 translator for a part of the city, so evidently they knew the channel 8 signal wasn't too good...
Now the fill-in translator is gone, and their channel 8 signal is even worse.
I think they should have moved to UHF, but I'm glad that the signal is strong in some areas. And also it's good to know they are working on the SD issue!!
2011-09-20, 10:44 AM
I had some luck in Fredericton picking up CKLT-DT on VHF channel 9 with a simple folded dipole the other day - doing a test of sorts. Now notta.
Anyone know if it is still alive and well?
2011-09-20, 03:32 PM
Halifax Nova Scotia Dtv viewers:
Cihf dtv 8-1 was off air Tuesday morning, back up just before 8 am,
You may needed to rescan if you have trouble finding it .
2011-09-20, 11:15 PM
I have actually seen great results from all my tests on CBC. East end, West end and CBS have all picked CBC strong with just an indoor antenna.
OTH, NTV hasn't been so kind. I live fairly close to the tower and get decent reception with an indoor antenna. Friend in the East end receives it fine. Tests in CBS show it will require a decent antenna to get a reliable signal.
Info for towers found on tvfool (dot) com.
2011-09-24, 09:08 PM
The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.
I bought from Future Shop in Waterloo for Christmas in 2009 a 42 cm or inch flat screen television. In KW I was with Rogers, but I recently moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
I decided to ditch Rogers and save money thinking that my TV would be so superduper I would pick up a handful of free to air channels.
However, I plugged the power cord into my Samsung, and autoprogammed it, and no channels are coming up at all !!!!!!
What am I doing wrong? This is a relatively new TV, less than two years old.
Do I need to buy an antenna to pick up these free to air channels? I heard they are digital now, so why would I need an antenna?
If anyone can help me, I would be much obliged.
2011-09-24, 09:25 PM
Welcome to the forum. OTA reception does require an antenna. Requirements will vary depending on location.
To get started, read this thread thoroughly.
2011-09-26, 10:58 PM
I have actually seen great results from all my tests on CBC.
OTH, NTV hasn't been so kind. I live fairly close to the tower and get decent reception with an indoor antenna. Friend in the East end receives it fine.
I'm surprised at all the mixed results!
NTV should penetrate walls better due to being in the UHF band, and CBC should carry over distance better (which I believe is why phannon never has trouble getting the signal)
Even when NTV was in the VHF band I always found their signal to be great while in the city while CBC was poor. It's interesting that in the city some can receive such differing results.
I do admit though, while NTV coverage is great, the signal does seem to be a little weak indoors. Quite sensitive sometimes to walking past or touching the antenna. Locating the antenna in a better position would take care of that I'm sure.
2011-09-26, 11:22 PM
Ref. Post #554
Did you switch your TV to Antenna signal input?
And Yes, you need an antenna. Something must always feed your TV. Whether it be a cable TV line, a Sat Antenna line, or a TV antenna line. Also, find out if you have any DTV channels available in your area.
2011-09-29, 06:49 PM
Success! Finally! I got off my butt and moved my very simple T antenna (no amps) outside and got my local channels.
I'm in the Pt Lepreau area and the peak of my house runs N-S. The top of the T (so to speak) is on the east side of my roof running E-W. It is held in with pushpins and the coax is wrapped around a stinkpipe :) We're talking proof-of-concept here for my wife :)
I've got CBC on 4, CTV 9.1, Global 12.1, Global 21. The digital channels have a strength of 66 to 69.
I was hoping for PBS from Calais on 10.1 or 13.1 but nothing. Any suggestions?
One other question: 9.1 shows CKCW FM on the second line. Is it a subchannel? I tried 9.2 but it went back to 9.1.
2011-09-29, 10:05 PM
Hello rpokane. I'm on the other side of the bay and I get the same channels.I think ch. 9.1 just has their info mixed up.It should say what channel it is the show info and what's on next.12.1 doesn't even have any info at all.I get pbs on 13.1hd 13.2sd and 13.3 pbs world but I have to turn my rotor for Maine.On good days I get 6.1,6.2,7.1,7.2,8.1and8.2 that's on sunny days.
2011-09-30, 03:13 AM
If you can get PBS (presumably from Calais) in NS, then I should be able to get it here.
What are 6, 7, 8?
What kind of setup do you have?